Linus Kafka serves as the Assistant Director for the Bachelor of Law and Master of Legal Studies Programs at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Dr. Kafka currently mentors students seeking career opportunities, internships, and professional advice, and fosters community connections that will promote employment for graduates of the program. He also holds an appointment as a Professor of Practice at the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture, where he teaches urban planning law and real estate development law, in addition to serving as a Professor of Practice at the College of Law.
As an attorney, Dr. Kafka specialized in land use law and local government law, and has also practiced juvenile law and workers’ compensation law. After earning his JD, Dr. Kafka served as a clerk to Judge Mike Quigley at the Arizona Superior Court and later as a Deputy Pima County Attorney, pursuing land use code enforcement cases. He later practiced as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Tucson, where he specialized in land use law. He became the Zoning Examiner for Tucson, hearing rezoning and other land use cases, and has also worked in city management, and as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona as well as in private practice.
In addition to his work as a lawyer, Dr. Kafka earned his PhD in history, with a focus on American intellectual and urban history. His research work has focused on the influence cosmopolitan travelers have had on American arts and culture during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with special attention to developments in physical space and the built environment. He has been awarded fellowships from UCLA, the Huntington Library, and the Massachusetts Historical Society and has interned with the Department of Justice Consumer Litigation Division and the National Archives Architectural and Cartographic Division.
He has taught history and law at the undergraduate and graduate level at UCLA, UC Irvine, Eastern Kentucky University, and the University of Arizona. His law degree is from the University of Arizona and he also holds a BA from Rutgers University, an MA from New York University, and a PhD from UCLA.